With her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural message, vocalist and songwriter Mayssa Karaa B.M. '12 defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California.
Cinema audiences might identify the classically trained singer’s voice from American Hustle, which featured her Arabic version of the '60s classic “White Rabbit,” a standout track on the film's Grammy-nominated soundtrack. International families might identify her with “The Arabic Alphabet Song” from Sesame Street, which has generated more than 27 million YouTube views.
Karaa recently launched a campaign in support of her full-length English solo debut album and single “Call Me a Stranger” with a celebration at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood. The songs on her new album range from piano-based simplicity to epic electronic orchestration with a unique blend of American pop and Middle Eastern influences.
Her song "Hayati" was featured in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, one of the biggest movies in India. Produced by Oscar-winning Indian megastar A. R. Rahman, the song has become a major hit in Bollywood. Karaa is working with Rahman on the score to his new film as well as on a collaboration with Berklee.